VASE: Visual Abstracts for Software Engineering
Slides and materials from a tutorial given at CBSoft 2019 (held in Brazil) describe how to use the design science template in action are posted here: https://github.com/margaretstorey/cbsoft2019tutorial/ (the tutorial was also about research methods, see slides 64 of the slides deck https://github.com/margaretstorey/cbsoft2019tutorial/blob/master/CBSoft%20Tutorial%202019%20Slides.pdf).
Slides from talk at ESEM are available here: https://www.slideshare.net/mastorey/using-a-visual-abstract-as-a-lens-for-communicating-and-promoting-design-science-research-in-software-engineering
Related blog post is here: http://margaretstorey.com/blog/2017/11/09/visual-abstracts/
Empirical software engineering research aims to generate prescriptive knowledge that can help software engineers improve their work and overcome their challenges, but deriving these insights from real-world problems can be challenging. We promote design science as an effective way to produce and communicate prescriptive knowledge while we propose using a visual abstract template to communicate design science contributions and highlight the main problem/solution constructs of this area of research, as well as to present the validity aspects of design knowledge.
We have posted a template of this visual abstract, and we welcome comments as well as examples of how this abstract can be applied to your research!